About Surgical Excision
One of the most widely recognized melanoma skin cancer solutions is surgical excision. During this procedure, board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will remove the melanoma or cancerous growth along with the bordering tissue, which may appear to be benign. The excised (or removed) skin tissue will be passed to a pathologist for further testing to ascertain whether the tissue border is cancer-free. In case the tissue proves to be cancerous, a secondary procedure would be required to remove all cancer. Dr. Wilkerson will consult with you to determine if surgical excision is the right treatment choice for your condition.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"Each time I visit the offices of Ft. Lauderdale, I feel compelled to write a great review. Once is never enough. Dr. Wilkerson and his Medical Assistant, Jackie provide the most caring, thoughtful and most important, knowledgeable treatment one could want. The office is clean, the doctor is very well trained and as a bonus, one never gets the feeling of being rushed. I wish all the other doctors I have seen over the years, dermatologist or not were as caring and just plain nice. And as a bonus, even in these terrible Covid times Jackie has been known to provide a glass of water or a cup of coffee, unheard of in most physician's offices today Once again, if I could give them more than five stars, I would double them."- J.F. / Google / May 18, 2021
"Great Dermatology office! Not only were they prompt with contacting me after my initial appointment request, ( unlike multiple other places that I have STILL yet to hear back from ) they got me in within a couple weeks, all through e-mail and texts, which is always my preferred method of contact. Dr. Wilkerson was very nice, calming and informative during my skin cancer screening and I'm glad my PCP suggested this office. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends in the future if the need arises."- T.S. / Google / May 12, 2021
"Great Doctor, great assistant. In my unfortunately many years of treatment for skin cancers I have seen several doctors, some good, some not so."- J.H. / Facebook / Apr 27, 2021
You are likely a good candidate for surgical excision if you have skin cancer around your torso, arms, or legs. This procedure is normally simpler and faster than other surgical removal techniques but is not as cosmetically inconspicuous, meaning you will likely have a scar. This technique is sometimes utilized to allow for thorough observation of skin cancer sample so patients in need of further diagnostic testing may also be candidates for surgical excision.
Since surgical excision is an invasive procedure, anesthesia will be provided. For smaller, easy-to-reach melanomas, a local anesthetic will be administered. If a melanoma is larger and in a more difficult location, general anesthesia could be required. Prior to surgery, Dr. Wilkerson will thoroughly clean the treatment area and administer anesthesia. The cancer will then be cut away using a scalpel and horizontal cuts around the growth and surrounding tissue. An electrode can be utilized to execute a feathering technique, which will smooth the edges around the wound. This helps to get rid of extra cells from the growth and minimizes the likelihood of scarring.
Small excisions can be sutured together while larger excisions may need a skin graft to close up the wound. A chemical will be applied to the treatment area to stop any bleeding, and an antibiotic will be prescribed to accelerate the healing process. In addition, a sterile badge will be applied to the wound to protect it and keep it from getting infected.
What to Expect
The length of your recovery and downtime could vary, depending on the location and size of the particular excision, as well as whether skin grafts were required to complete your treatment. After your surgery, you may experience a burning sensation or general discomfort in the area where the growth was removed. For the first few days following the surgery, you are advised to take an over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen to alleviate pain. You can also expect some scarring which will appear red at first but will lighten over time. Several creams or gels can be utilized to help reduce the chance of scarring. To protect the wound, a bandage should be placed on the treatment site when in the sun.
Skilled Melanoma Treatment
Whenever you encounter a growth that appears abnormal, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The growth could be cancerous and the sooner it is discovered, the better your chance for survival. An excision could be warranted and could remove all the cancer before it spreads to surrounding skin and body parts. Excision also allows for cells to undergo further testing that might confirm whether all of the cancer has been removed. Make an appointment at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology as soon as you can to meet with seasoned dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson who will analyze the growth, discuss medical and family history, and discuss all options, including if surgical excision is the right treatment for you.